Man Utd warned McGinn’s price tag has ‘shot up’

first_imgManchester United have been warned off making a move for John McGinn, with Aston Villa boss Dean Smith saying the midfielder’s price tag has “shot up”.The Scotland international was linked with a switch to Old Trafford over the summer, with it suggested that he could have a £50 million ($65m) valuation on his head.He had not graced the Premier League at that stage, having helped Villa to Championship play-off glory in 2018-19, but has continued to shine among English football’s elite. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career McGinn has been talked up as the kind of player that former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be advising Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Red Devils board to keep an eye on.Smith is aware of the rumours and how talented a prized asset at Villa Park is, but he has no intention of sanctioning a sale of speculating on what could happen in upcoming transfer windows.He told reporters when quizzed on the McGinn speculation: “The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply! He’s a player we want here at Aston Villa.“His value shot up from the moment he stepped out onto the Villa Park pitch and showed just what a player he is.“He has an unbelievable energy level and a big, big heart, but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.”Villa are under no pressure to sell as they are backed by owners who have shown a willingness to continue investing, rather than cash in on those attracting admiring glances from afar.They also have McGinn tied to a long-term contract through to 2024.Breaking that agreement will not be easy for any sides plotting an approach, with Villa confident that they will be the ones to benefit from the 25-year-old’s ability for the foreseeable future.Smith added: “He’s a really top player and pivotal to us getting promoted last season.“He’s continued that form in the Premier League and his value would have certainly shot up.”McGinn contributed seven goals and 10 assists to the Villa cause last season, with another three efforts recorded in 2019-20 as Smith’s side have made a solid start to life back in the big time.last_img read more

Ray Chang and his Mixed Culture Tour of Shinjuku

first_imgWith delicious food or drink on one hand, we can enjoy spending our own time here.”The sweets are delicious and we can read as many books as we like,” says Mr Chang with picking up some books he’s got interested in from shelves on the wall and magazine racks.For its convenient location, he frequently uses here during break or while meeting with Chinese staffs.──What is a good point of this place?Mr Chang:Not many places in Japan have the Internet connection, but we can use free Wi-Fi here!InformationBrooklyn Parlor SHINJUKUAddress: B1F, Shinjuku OIOI Anex, 3-1-26, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, TokyoPhone: 03-6457-7763Official HP: Brooklyn Parlor SHINJUKUSekaido (世界堂)”I don’t draw but I do like the tools. That’s why I come here often.” Mr Chang then recommended Sekaido whose symbolic signboard makes us surprised with the paint of Mona Liza. Established in Showa 15, Sekaido is a specialty store of painting tools and picture frames, which are famous for the variety and its reasonable price. It’s just a short walk from Brooklyn Parlor. Not only painters and illustrators but also fashion and architect designers visit here. This store provides products from all over the world as if it is a museum.Many foreign tourists visit here recently and they purchases various goods as souvenirs such as high quality Japanese stationaries and cartoon tools like screen tones.Such a brilliant space, as if all of the painting tools in the world have been collected here, indeed makes us excited just like when we are at a museum!Lower floors are like corridors of stationaries. Painting tools enthusiasts absolutely like it.Sekaido also sells niche tools and stationer that you can’t collect at large DIY stores. “The very first time I got interested in Japanese culture was not fashion but Japanese manga and anime,” says Mr Chang with his eyes looking at tools for cartoons placed in a corner.”I do like Japanese stationaries as well. My Chinese friends are delighted to get them as gifts.” On the day of this interview, he was looking for another new favourites and explored the floor watching carefully.──What is a good point of this place?Mr Chang:I’m sure this is the only store that provides such a wide variety of choices of tools in the world.InformationSekaido Shinjuku Main Store (世界堂 新宿本店)Address:3-1-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, TokyoPhone: 03-5379-1111Official HP: 世界堂Isetan Shinjuku Store the 5th Floor – Living FloorMr Chang is particular about like style goods as well. He is a heavy user of the Living Floor in Isetan Shinjuku Store where we can get everything such as interior goods and furniture that have well considered materials, functions, and designs. Grooming items and kitchen tools are also available.He looked quite satisfied with designs of the floor that was remodelled in March 2015. The new style was totally fresh – trendy botanical items, retro metal type painting service, Japanese tableware placed in an artistic layout, and a suggestions of water to drink after taking a bath.Mr Chang said, “I love coffee and I cook for myself.” Coffeemakers and spices seemed too attractive to him to leave there so soon.This talented editor is so amazed by the sense of layout here!Japanese traditional fine crafts, which many of Chinese people now are interested in, are beautifully placed like artistic objects.”Traditional fine crafts have been actually decreasing in China. You may be surprised but it is true that so many Chinese people are interested in Japanese fine crafts.”There are fine crafts made by artists throughout Japan and Japanese tableware crafted by recent famous new artists on the same floor. Those are all displayed like exhibits in a museum. “I am enchanted by the display here that reflects Japanese aesthetic sense.” He enjoys walking around here as if he appreciated artistic works.──What is different from other life style stores?Mr Chang:I know life style stores have become really popular in Japan. I also like visiting there but I don’t know any other places that have such a variety of goods like here!Information Isetan Shinjuku Store the 5th Floor – Living FloorAddress:3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, TokyoPhone: 03-3352-1111(Main phone)Official HP: 伊勢丹新宿店Snap──Please tell us why you continue living in Shinjuku. Mr Chang:I came to Tokyo for the first time in 2007 on a trip. Then I’ve lived in Shinjuku since my work base was moved to Tokyo in 2009. There are so many interesting spots such as Isetan and Shinjuku 2cho-me (新宿二丁目) where people working in an apparel industry gather. Shinjuku is such an exciting place for those who want to experience mixed cultural atmosphere in Tokyo!*This article was reproduced from the article on ISETAN PARK net. Ray Chang is a senior editor whose fashion magazine “YOHO” is greatly popular among young people in China. Tokyo is now a base of his activity. While enjoying learning fashion scenes in both Japan and China, how doesShinjuku, a town where various culture coexist, reflect in his eyes?We can enjoy free and miscellaneous space at his favourite parlour, seek inspiration from numerous painting tools, and go shopping at refined department stores. Shinjuku will definitely show such attractive aspects through walking together with Mr Chang who has a sharp eye for fashion.ProfileRay ChangBorn in Shenzhen City, China, he have been hugely influenced by Japanese pop culture and magazined via Hong Kong since he was small. After graduation, his first job started at the very first street fashion magazine in China “YOHO.” He moved his base to Tokyo in 2009. He is now in charge of buying and relating foreign brands on his EC site as well as editing the magazine.Brooklyn Parlor SHINJUKU (ブルックリンパーラー新宿店)Produced by a jazz club “BLUE NOTE JAPAN ,” it is Cafe & Restaurant, the fusion of music, books, and food. Its concept is “Everything Useless but Elegant in Life (人生における、無駄で優雅なもの、ぜんぶ).”Its free and miscellaneous atmosphere stimulates us with relatively loud music and even lively chatting among customers works as a sound track.Culturally well-mixed space is used to stock fashion and culture magazined, literature cartoons, photographic albums, and even illustrated books! “It’s different from normal cafes in Japan whose interior space is too neat. This place has its originality and a sort of addiction.” First-class DJs gather here every Tuesday night for the unique event “Good Music Parlour.” More than 2500 books on the wall deliver inspiration to us.last_img read more